Former Village of Haverstraw Deputy Mayor Sentenced to Pay Full Restitution

Former Village of Haverstraw Deputy Mayor Sentenced to Pay Full Restitution

Former Deputy Mayor and Village Trustee of Haverstraw Emily Dominguez was sentenced yesterday for stealing more than $11,000 in funds and donations from the Rockland Community Foundation (RCF), a not-for-profit organization that Dominguez oversaw as a board member and former president. 

The Rockland Community Foundation oversees and administers hundreds of charitable funds in Rockland County. One such fund is the Haverstraw Neighborhood Fund (HNF), founded by Emily Dominguez and another individual. 

Between March and October of 2020, Dominguez submitted eighteen false receipts to the Rockland Community Foundation for reimbursement for expenses. The receipts from Portobello's restaurant and catering, where Janice Dominguez was formerly employed, were entirely false, purporting to represent food provided to residents of Haverstraw when no such food was ever supplied.

"Today's sentencing finalizes the criminal investigation, holds the elected official accountable for their actions, and provides restitution to the Rockland Community Foundations,"  Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh II says. "I commend the excellent investigative work conducted by the Rockland County District Attorney's Special Investigations Unit and the New York State Comptroller's Office on this multi-agency case."

Judge Prisco sentenced Dominguez to five years probation and $8,966.25 in restitution that will go directly to the Rockland Community Foundation.

Photo Credit: Flickr

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